Readings: Exodus 13:1-3a, 11-15, Philippians 3:7-14, Luke 2:22-40

Go and See

We’ve been slowing going through boxes of family memories, mementos and paperwork. In one of Kevin’s dad’s boxes we found a lot of files, most of them full of papers. Then I pulled out a file folder marked “Places to go and see.” It was empty. My eyes welled up – Grandpa Grindle was a do-er. He loved to go places and see things and spend time with family. He was 90 when he passed, and praise God, he had seen so much that his file was empty. I want mine to be empty, too. I want to have accomplished everything the Lord gave me to do; I want to have seen beautiful things and spent way too much time loving my family and serving my Lord. In Luke’s Gospel reading mentioned above, Simeon meets Mary and Joseph and the Holy Baby, and this is said about him, Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. Oh, wouldn’t we love to have that said about us? Now there was a woman in Scottsdale who was righteous and devout. She was waiting for the second coming of Jesus, and the Holy Spirit was upon her. Simeon did all he was supposed to do and was waiting for one last thing…the coming of Jesus. He said, “My eyes have seen your salvation,” and with great praise and a family blessing, his mission on earth was complete. Christmas blessings to you, and may 2019 be a year of beauty, strength and love for you – with time to go and see places and people – so your file folder is empty and your heart is full. All through Jesus, Tracy